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Football: KILLIE'S JOY JUST BROKE MY HEARTS.

Byline: KENNY ROSS

KILMARNOCK will spend next year remembering their 1965 title win - but manager Jim Jefferies admits it was a season that broke his young heart.

Jefferies was a 14-year-old Hearts fan who had high hopes of seeing his heroes lift the flag.

They headed into the crunch game against Killie as favourites and even a 2-1 defeat would have been enough to clinch the title.

But a 2-0 victory for Kilmarnock saw them defy the odds to take the silverware to Rugby Park.

Forty years on, Jefferies is now in charge at Kilmarnock.

And their decision to produce a limited edition, commemorative jersey from that era will no doubt be bitter-sweet for the Killie boss.

He said: "Everyone knows that I supported Hearts - and the whole family did as well.

"I went along to see Hearts win the league and they were the favourites but Kilmarnock were a very decent side with a lot of good players and they did what they had to do on the day.

"I don't remember much about the goals but what sticks in my mind was we only needed to score to win it and we had a great chance tipped over with just a few minutes to go.

"But you can't deny them it - they beat Hearts well that day and they were a great side."

Killie will take on Hearts again this weekend and they know that a win will put them level on points with the Tynecastle side.

But the match will have added significance for former Berwick, Falkirk, Bradford and Hearts boss Jefferies when he comes face to face with one of his former Tynecastle stars, John Robertson, in the dugout for Saturday's game.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 12, 2004
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